The Mort Weiss Quartet: The Four of Us: Live at Steamers (2005)
Supported by Los Angeles heroes Roy McCurdy (drums) and Dave Carpenter (bass), the front line simmers through a set of standards with deceptive ease. Weiss is gentle and lyrical on Gershwin's "Embraceable You" and percussive on Sonny Rollins' familiar "St. Thomas." Eschete's tone is palpably rich, as evidenced on "East of the Sun." Not falling into the trap of too many modern clarinetists, Weiss is confident enough in his sound to not overwhelm the audience with a mind-numbing flurry of notes.
No one is in a rush here. Instead, The Four of Us lets the music do its job. That is the real sign of greatness. It was definitely smoking at Steamers the night this was recorded.
Track Listing: Song is You; I Thought About You; East of the Sun; Over the Rainbow; St. Thomas; Stella by Starlight; Embraceable You; Blues in the Closet.
Personnel: Mort Weiss: clarinet; Ron Eschete: guitar; Dave Carpenter: bass; Roy McCurdy: drums.
Record Label: SMS Jazz